New patrons and trustees for CG5

Worcestershire non-profit organisation CG5, has announced the appointments of two new trustees and two additional patrons, as it continues to provide financial support to the county’s future sports stars.

CG5, which was founded to promote participation in sport amongst young people, has added to its four founding trustees by appointing businessman and martial arts gym owner Dan Richards, and Worcester Wolves basketball veteran Chris Lowe, as trustees of the charity.

CG5 has also announced another two patrons who will help oversee its ongoing success and profile across the county.

Dutch-born Worcester jeweller Anja Potze becomes a patron along with Peter Millichip, CEO of Sir Bert Millichip Sports. They both join Mick Donovan, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Worcester, who was named as the organisation’s first patron last year.

Steve Edwards, trustee of CG5 said: “CG5 has come on leaps and bounds in the past 18 months and our profile has raised considerably, meaning more people are requesting grants to help them realise their sporting dreams.

“All four appointments will be vital to us in running the charity, but also in deciding grant awards and helping to run fundraising events.

“Each person brings different experience, expertise and profile to CG5 and I am certain they will add an extra dimension as we look to award even more grants over the next 12 months”.

CG5 announced the appointments at their latest fundraising event; a Ladies Marquee Evening, held at Worcester Racecourse last month. They also awarded grants to more young people, including six year-old golf star Jack Dirkin who is the UK’s number one in his age group. He was the 17th person to be awarded a sporting grant by CG5 since they began in 2015.

CG5 is now managed by a group of six trustees. Aside from Mr Richards, Mr Lowe and Mr Edwards, they include Worcestershire businessmen Simon Secretan and Rob March, alongside former Worcester Warriors lock, Craig Gillies.

Article credit: Lorraine Henry | Henry Pepper

Abi Watkins update

Abigail’s progress over the last 9 months is outstanding. Her determination to perfect her fencing finesse and improve her fitness shows maturity aiming towards further GBR selection. The support CG5 in the form of equipment and Sport Worcester’s development grant for coaching has proven invaluable. Her new goal is continued international Cadet selection plus Welsh National selection. (Abi also trains with Hereford Pentathlon who use her to develop their fencers)

Abi was selected to represent Wales in the Senior 5 Nations event in 5th November in Manchester and GBR U17 Cadets in Kladenfurt Austria 29th October. Last weekend she reached her first senior (adult) final at the Bedford Open a senior competition.
Presently her GBR Rankings are U17 Cadet 17th; U20 Junior 12th; and Senior adult 37th, not bad for a girl who has just turned 15

Key achievements over that period

  • Selected twice to represent GBR U17 (Cadet).
  • 5th British Youth Championships U16.
  • 1st Welsh U16 Champion.
  • 16th British Ranking Competition U20 Newcastle (Junior).
  • 2nd Silver medal Welsh Closed Senior Championships
  • 3rd H+W Jubilee Open (Senior).
  • 22nd Birmingham International Open (Senior)
  • Qualified for Elite Epee Final U16, completed 3 out of 4 events to finish 6th qualifier (missed 1, in Copenhagen GBR).
  • Numerous other U15 and local and Welsh minor competitions, support for these events advance fencing as a whole.
  • Welsh Senior team Senior Regional Winton Cup in July
  • Welsh team School Games in September

Selected for future competition

  • The Senior 5 Nation Championships in November
  • The Commonwealth Games 2018 for Wales are both very realistic

Amazing stuff from Abi and a massive congratulations from everyone at CG5!

More awardees to be announced shortly

CG5 are proud to announce that another wave of sporting grants are set to be awarded to young sports stars of the future, all of which will be taking place at the Anja Potze and CG5 Marquee race Evening on Tuesday 30th August. This round of awards will take the total number of grants awarded by CG5 so far to 17, something of which we are immensely proud.

These latest awards are about helping young people to develop their talents to their fullest and unlock their enormous potential. We are extremely grateful to Anja for her generous sponsorship and support and to all the people who have worked so hard to make these grants possible.

In line for funding are talented competitors, including young Shropshire golfer Jack Dirkin. The six-year-old is United Kingdom number one in his age group and ranked 32nd in the world. Dirkin was newcomer of the year in the 2015 Energize awards.

Ladies’ day promises to be a lot of fun but also a chance to celebrate and showcase the very best in young sports people in the county. The race day starts at 4pm and gates open at 2.30pm – and tickets are available here.

Anja Potze Fine Jewellery is based on Worcester’s Friar Street and specialises in bespoke jewellery and certified diamonds. Dutch-born jeweller Anja is celebrating her 21st anniversary in the city this year.

CG5 presents the first annual Anja Potze Marquee Race evening

Diamonds! Hats! and Hooves! Join us for Ladies Day

CG5 is proud to announce its first ladies’ day on 30th August 2016 at Worcester Races in partnership with Anja Potze Fine Jewellery and her team, the team at Anja Potze and CG5 share a passion for quality and innovation, so it was a natural fit to come together on what will be a great event. As normal all the people involved in organising the event are volunteering their time for free, in order that all profits go to those that matter and at the same time we put on a fantastic event that everyone will enjoy.

We will have exclusive use of the Marquee situated on the lawn beside the parade ring, with a reception drink of Prosecco on arrival and an exceptional two course buffet.

The ticket includes county enclosure entrance tickets, racecards, CCTV complimenting the viewing of the racing, private pay bar and tote betting facilities. Parking is also included in the centre of the course (passes not required)

The first race on the day is currently scheduled for 4.25pm and the last race for 7.30pm, with the gates opening from 2.25pm, although it is advisable to double check these times nearer the date

Our Partner

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Anja Potze Fine Jewellery was founded in 1994 by Anja Potze. Anja moved to the UK from her native Netherlands when she was just 21, after perfecting her craft at Amsterdam’s respected Vak School of Edelsmeden.  She’s been designing jewellery from the age of nine and counts a number of well-known faces amongst her clientele. During her career Anja has designed pieces for the late Baroness Thatcher and spent five years with London based Asprey & Garrard Group, who hold a Royal Warrant from the Prince of Wales. In 2012 Anja Potze Fine Jewellery was named the Innovative Jeweller of the year by FOPE.

CG5 is proud to announce its first ladies’ day on 30th August 2016 at Worcester Races in partnership with Anja Potze Fine Jewellery and her team, the team at Anja Potze and CG5 share a passion for quality and innovation, so it was a natural fit to come together on what will be a great event. As normal all the people involved in organising the event are volunteering their time for free, in order that all profits go to those that matter and at the same time we put on a fantastic event that everyone will enjoy.

We will have exclusive use of the Marquee situated on the lawn beside the parade ring, with a reception drink of Prosecco on arrival and an exceptional two course buffet.

The ticket includes county enclosure entrance tickets, racecards, CCTV complimenting the viewing of the racing, private pay bar and tote betting facilities. Parking is also included in the centre of the course (passes not required)

The first race on the day is currently scheduled for 4.25pm and the last race for 7.30pm, with the gates opening from 2.25pm, although it is advisable to double check these times nearer the date

Eddie the Eagle to star at CG5 golf day

Legendary ski jumper Eddie the Eagle Edwards will be the VIP guest at an annual golf day which is set to raise money for a popular Worcestershire charitable organisation.

The British ski hero will be the speaker at the 2016 CG5 golf day held at Bransford Golf Club on 15 July, where he will be revealing the story behind his time as Britain’s favourite underdog.

His appearance in the county comes as a biopic about the Olympian, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, is released in UK cinemas – touted by critics as the feel-good film of the year. The film documents Eddie’s journey as he became the first person to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping at the 1988 Winter games in Calgary.

The golf event is raising money for CG5, a charitable organisation which helps young able-bodied or disabled individuals under the age of 21, to participate, recognise their potential or reach an elite level in their chosen sport.

Organisers felt Eddie, now 52, was the perfect speaker for the event due to his own arduous sporting journey and his relentless pursuit of success.

The event, sponsored by Feckenham-based security system firm AMS Access, is the second golf day and fourth large-scale event for the non-profit since it was founded in March 2015. It is run by trustees Steve Edwards, Simon Secretan, Rob March and former Worcester Warriors lock, Craig Gillies.

Mr Edwards said: “We are delighted to have Eddie come to Worcestershire and speak at our event – especially as a new generation of fans are going to learn what a brilliant sportsman and character he is thanks to the new film.”

“He is a fantastic example of someone who has worked incredibly hard to reach their goal – which is exactly the kind of message CG5 wants to get across to the young sports men and women of Worcestershire.”

Packages are available for sponsors, individuals or groups of golfers. Non-golfers are welcome to join for the evening event which will include a meal, comedian and other entertainment.

Business boxing event raises thousands as CG5 looks to award more grants

Worcestershire charitable organisation CG5 is looking to award further grants to young sportspeople in 2016 after it raised over £6,000 through a unique business boxing event.

The Strictly Business Boxing evening saw over 500 guests attending from across the county to raise money for the sports-focused non-profit organisation which was founded to promote participation in sport and provide financial backing to disabled athletes and high-potential sportspeople under the age of 21.

Held at Sixways Stadium, the event saw the charity hosting its largest event since it was formed 12 months ago – with 18 fighters taking part in nine well-fought bouts – including CG5 trustee Steve Edwards who drew his fight over three rounds with Matt Caines.

Mr Edwards said: “The boxing event was by far the most ambitious CG5 has held and it was a great night. Although it was expensive to run we still managed to raise thousands of pounds which will go towards supporting sportspeople here in Worcestershire throughout 2016.

“The support we received was phenomenal and there was an incredible atmosphere throughout the whole night. I was also delighted to take part in the boxing and on behalf of us all here at CG5, I would like to thank everyone for their support. Not just those who came along but also our sponsors and partners too. It’s great that everyone continues to take CG5 to their hearts.

“We are actively looking for more young sportspeople to award grants to and would urge people to apply so we can carry on supporting the cream of the county’s talent.”

The boxing evening was CG5’s third large-scale event and since CG5’s formation the trustees have awarded 11 grants to local sportspeople and clubs. The trustees will also be holding two Six Nations events at The Pheasant in Worcester on Saturday 27th February and Saturday 19th March and will be holding its annual golf day on 3rd June.

CG5 was established in March 2015. Aside from Mr Edwards they include Worcestershire businessmen Simon Secretan, Rob March and former Worcester Warriors lock, Craig Gillies. The CG5 name takes its inspiration from the number five Gillies wore during his 11 years at Sixways which culminated in a high-profile testimonial year in 2013/14.

CG5 announce first patron

mickCG5 is extremely proud to announce it’s first patron as Mick Donovan, the Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor & Head of Institute of Sport & Exercise Science at the University of Worcester.

Mick Donovan joined the University of Worcester in 1999 with a strong background in coaching and teaching. Mick was a physical education teacher for 13 years and then made the transition to Higher Education when he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Warwick. So far at Worcester he has pioneered the Learning Through Sport programme that has received national and international recognition and was co-founder and former coach of the Worcester Wolves Basketball Club. He became Head of Institute in 2008 and has played a leading role in the development of the University of Worcester Arena and has played a significant role in developing international links with partners ranging from FIBA Europe to the National Training Centre in China. Mick has delivered keynote lectures with a focus on Coach Education / Philosophy and Learning Through Sport at conferences and universities around the World.

CG5 awards second set of grants to county sport stars

Growing Worcestershire non-profit organisation CG5 has awarded its second batch of sporting grants to seven county athletes and sports teams.

Founded earlier this year to promote participation in sport and provide financial backing to young sportspeople, CG5 has awarded a total of £3,500 to the group of aspiring sports stars at a special event held at Worcester Arena.

18 year-old Emma Witherford, a freestyle kayaker, was awarded a grant to help fund the purchase of a new carbon boat which will improve her chances of being selected for the British senior squad in 2016. Emma has previously competed for Great Britain at the Junior and Freestyle World Championships.

The second CG5 grant was awarded to fencing star Abigail Watkins. Abigail, 14, is currently ranked 15th in the UK and has been awarded a grant to upgrade her equipment so she can complete in international competitions.

Also awarded grants were 16 year-old cricketer Grace Chaundy and England long-distance runner Jenny Nesbitt. Grace, a Warwickshire county cricketer, is travelling to South Africa next year as part of a development squad and the funding will help to pay for her trip. Meanwhile Jenny, the 2014 Worcester 10k champion, will now be able to access support from sports physios so the 20 year-old can continue to compete in international competitions as she aims for the British squad.

Local men also featured on CG5’s grant list. Rising British kayak star Paul Sunderland, 18, will use the funding to help replace his boat which was damaged travelling home from competing in Poland – while William Kitching, a 19-year-old Welsh international badminton player who trains at the University of Worcester, can now support his career ambitions by entering more tournaments across Europe.

CG5’s final grant went, for the first time, to a local team. Worcester Wolves Basketball Academy under 12s will use the funding to encourage more young people into the sport and to help them participate at a higher level of competition.

Simon Secretan, a Trustee of CG5 said: “It really is amazing to be able to award this set of seven grants to young sports people here in Worcestershire.

“CG5 is still to celebrate its first anniversary but we have already seen hundreds of applications from all across the county. That’s really encouraging as we enter 2016 – a year where we will be looking to make further grants and to help more young people realise their sporting dreams.”

 

CG5 Awards First Grants

Worcestershire non-profit organisation CG5 has awarded its first ever grants to a trio of up-and-coming local athletes.The sports-related organisation, founded to promote participation in sport and provide financial backing to local able bodied and disabled athletes and young sportspeople, has awarded a total of £2,000 to the aspiring Olympians with the money being used to fund equipment and training.

Callie-Anne Halliday, a 21-year-old PE student from the University of Worcester, was awarded a grant to help her fulfil her dream of becoming a professional canoeist. Callie, who has severe hearing loss, is striving to make the Team GB under-23 squad and has set her sights on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The grant will be used by Callie-Anne, who first represented Team GB when she was 16, to fund the purchase of a waterproof hearing aid.

CG5’s second grant was awarded to Malvern schoolgirl Aimee Stephenson. Aimee, 14, is one of the country’s brightest sailing talents who also has her sights set on the 2020 Olympics with her immediate aim to make the British Youth Sailing Squad for the 2015 winter season. Aimee was awarded a grant to help upgrade her boat and race-standard rigging.

Staying in the water, the charity’s final grant was awarded to 14-year-old, Jessica Magson. Jessica, from Stone, is another high potential canoeist and part of the Canoeing England Talent Programme. The schoolgirl has been invited to take part in an exclusive development camp with the squad in France where she will be training alongside premier division athletes. The grant Jessica has been awarded will help fund her participation in the camp.

Steve Edwards of Spirit Executive, and a Trustee of CG5 said: “The aim of CG5 is to encourage participation and development in all sports while at the same time inspiring people to reach an elite level.

“Our first round of grants have been awarded to three amazing young sports people from Worcestershire. Callie-Ann, Aimee and Jessica all have superb sporting careers ahead of them so we are delighted to be playing our role in their development and look forward to tracking their progress.

“We will be making further grants later this year and throughout 2016 so would urge readers to get in touch if they feel they need support.”

CG5 was established in 2014 by a group of four trustees. Aside from Mr Edwards they include Worcestershire businessmen Simon Secretan, Phill Mason and former Worcester Warriors lock, Craig Gillies.

They award grants of up to £1,000 per person with the trustees deciding on which individuals to support. People who take part in the events hosted by CG5 also have the opportunity to give their opinion on grant awards.

Please get in touch if you would like to get involved or you know someone who would benefit from an award at info@cg5.org.uk

Supporting Elite Rugby Players

Unlike football elite rugby still works in the same way as club rugby, although it is very much improving, there are still gaps in the support of young, elite, rugby sportsmen that need to be bridged by parents, friends, family and in some cases the wider business and game watching community.

A young footballer with international prospect, who may be on the edge of first team elite level selection can expect to earn anything from £10,000 per month to the mega money Galactico signings of £250,000 per month. There are many elite rugby stars that will never attain even the lower level of this earning bracket, let alone a teenager making his first steps into senior rugby.

Rugby sponsorship is generally ran by professional clubs to generate income and to help engage with local business. When I have supported players, through club sponsorship, I have always taken it one step further.

I believe that the more mentors an elite hopeful has, the more fact based decisions he can make. Within the rugby academy set-up players spend their days supported by sports scientists, elite players, internationally experienced players and coaches, but they have limited exposure to daily business, “the grind” of 9 to 5 or the expectations of the “real world”.

I have sponsored many young elite rugby players, through formal club sponsorship, but through this I have also tried to mentor the players and expose them to “life after rugby” situations and opportunity. Although they are all still young and have great careers ahead of them, professional sport is a short career and sometimes it can end without prior warning. I feel that through networking, training and general business exposure it helps the players keep their minds on their game as they are more comfortable that life off the pitch will be just as successful.

As with business, the activity performed by and through CG5 is not always going to be financial. The use of sporting and business networks to provide on field and off field opportunity will have significant impact and help ensure, that through sport, all the young people supported by CG5 have the chance to succeed and develop life skills that will help them for their entire lives.